Book Review of “The Great Zoo of China”

greatzoo_112-112x172“The Great Zoo of China” was published in 2015 and was written by Matthew Reilly ( Mr. Reilly has published 18 novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and Mature Language. This Thriller novel is set in contemporary China. The primary character is Dr. Cassandra Jane ‘CJ’ Cameran.

Dr. Cameran is 36 and has spent her professional life working with and investigating salt water crocodiles. After an accident that nearly killed her, she left the swamps of Florida to take a position in the San Francisco Zoo as a veterinarian. She is contacted by a friend and asked to take an all expenses paid trip to China to write an article for National Geographic.

Once there, she discovers that the Chinese have found living dragons, and have built a huge ‘zoo’ for them to live in. She, and a couple of other American journalists, are there to get an exclusive look at the zoo and write articles about it before it is announced to the world. The zoo looks new and incredible, but before long the dragons turn on their captors and Dr. Cameran, and the others, finds herself struggling to stay alive.

I liked this novel. It reminds me a lot of Jurassic Park. The finding of real dragons was an interesting plot twist, and Dr. Cameran is a very strong female character, much like Lara Croft. Some of the actions seemed a little far fetched to me, but then that is not unusual for Thrillers. I spent a little less than 7 hours with the novel and found it enjoyable. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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